Dayot Upamecano talks about his successful first steps with Bayern Munich


It was one of the blockbuster transfers of the summer. In a Bundesliga where Bayern is used to strengthening itself by drawing from its competitors – who do not say no to the big Bavarian checks – Dayot Upamecano went to the German champion for a check of around 42 millions of euros. After five good seasons in Leipzig, where he gradually became a reference for his position in Germany, it was only natural that he left for the best team in the country, which also needed a change behind, with the departure of Jérôme Boateng in particular.

And for now, things are going very well for our Frenchman, who has played six games in all competitions with his new club, including this resounding 3-0 success on the lawn of FC Barcelona. In the central hinge, where he is accompanied by Niklas Süle most of the time, he shows to be solid, intelligent in the game and very reliable with the ball. All we ask of a Bayern defender in short. The adaptation was therefore good, and as the main concerned person informed on a daily basisTeam, Julian Nagelsmann is no stranger to it: “I think it’s going very well. In the group, already, I had a very good reception. After that, you have to prove yourself in the field. I may have the advantage of knowing the coach, I know what he expects from me. It makes things easier “.

Nagelsmann helps a lot

“He has his style of play, as we saw in Leipzig. He wants us to play fast forward, with a lot of possession. Even as a defender, I have to be involved in the game. You have to be active, always wanting the ball. Defending well too, of course, and trying not to take a goal. It works well so far “, said the French defender, who was quickly put in the bath thanks to his coach, before adding: “He helps me in a lot of areas. He loves video and in Leipzig we did a lot together. He told me what was very good about me, what I had to do better, and I like when a coach also tells me about my faults ”. A trainer whose methods he has known for some time now, but also a group where he has found a good number of compatriots …

In total, they are 8 French in this Bavarian workforce, namely Upamecano, as well as Kouassi, Pavard, Hernandez, Sarr, Tolisso, Cuisance and Coman. Enough to facilitate integration into the group, but no question of hanging out only between French people. “When we can go eat together, we do. With Lucas (Hernandez), Bouna (Sarr), Tanguy (Kouassi) … all French people, we often go out together, yes. After we are a group, we go out with the Spaniards, the English … Bayern is mixed. I speak with the Germans too, the group has to mix, it’s important for the atmosphere. But that there are so many French people is an advantage, that’s for sure, especially since I already knew some of them in the selection ”, he explained, thus wishing to point out that the French do not stay in their corner. Either way, the season has started well for Upamecano and his seven compatriots, and there is no doubt that they will have a great chance to lift at least one title by May …

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